The extra-sized conclusion to the most talked-about event in comics is here, and the results will change the course of the DC Universe for years to come. Earth has become the final battleground for life versus death, but how will our heroes fight back against the darkness of sentient space itself? And what does the future hold for Green Lantern, The Flash and the rest of the world's greatest heroes and villains? Find out here as the stage is set for the next epic era of DC Comics!
While much of this issue was disappointing, it was very colorful and featured the return of several characters, at least half of whom had been genuinely missed. Most of the combat was a rehash of tactics that had been unsuccessfully tried over the past few months (“this has never worked before, but this is the final issue, so let’s try it again”). Many of the developments in this issue were predicted by fans at the outset:
- The seven (ROYGBIV) colored lantern corps must combine their powers—Check.
- Hal Jordan, and eventually every other “important good guy,” will temporarily become a White Lantern—Check.
- The Anti-Monitor gets sent back to Qward, where he belongs—Check.
- The villain Nekron gets stuffed back into whatever obscure filing cabinet the writers found him in—Check.
- Everyone raised as a Black Lantern zombie gets resurrected in all their Silver Age glory—Eh, not quite.
Perhaps the biggest let down is that this crossover isn’t self-cleaning; the deaths and destruction created by the Black Lanterns remain for other characters (and their writers) to straighten out or eventually ignore. Other than the aforementioned dozen characters clearly chosen as the stars of the next nine-month crossover, “Brightest Day,” the excessive collateral damage caused by this series, in keeping with what another reviewer has called DC’s current “penchant for wanton death, destruction, and outright carnage” will probably be glossed over by the publisher in the next two or three years.
That being said, there are one or two surprises, and three couples receive the happy endings they have long deserved. –At least until the editors decide to put them through the wringer again.
Verdict: HIT (albeit a weak one)